To no one's surprise, Russia's new president Dmitry Medvedev has promised to uphold the policies of his predecessor after yesterday's stage-managed transfer of power widely regarded as an election farce, reports Reuters. Medvedev has already chosen outgoing president Vladimir Putin, ineligible for another term, as prime minister. To underline their close ties the two celebrated together at a victory concert in Red Square.
"This is a secret service KGB operation to transfer power," complained a former prime minister who was disqualified from running. Hillary Clinton agrees. The election "marks a milestone in that country's retreat from democracy," she said. "The Russian people have been denied the opportunity to choose their leaders."